The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………………..on April 15th of 1972 Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” became an unlikely number one hit after it was featured in the Clint Eastwood film “Play Misty For Me.” It had been originally released as an album cut three years earlier. After Eastwood included it in his film, Atlantic Records rush released it as a single. The song reached #14 in the UK. Folk singer Ewan MacColl wrote this in 1957 for his lover Peggy Seeger. She was in a play and phoned him for suggestions on a song for a romantic scene. MacColl wrote this on the spot in less than an hour.  MacColl was married to his second wife, Jean Newlove at the time. He left her for Peggy Seeger and the pair eventually tied the knot in 1977. This was the breakout hit for Roberta Flack; it was #1 in the US for six weeks. Flack had released two solo albums without commercial success, as her blend of jazz and folk styles struggled to find an audience. This won the Grammy awards in 1973 for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, beating out Don McLean’s “American Pie” in both categories. The title is the first words of the lyrics, but that is the only place those words appear.